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Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #502 Vaughn Ross / July 18, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas.

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“I don’t fear death.”

We are a people paralyzingly afraid of death. We are diseased with an inability to see life in death. For Vaughn Ross, life was far scarier than death. Ross was ready to depart this life for the experience of the beauty of the next. The courage of a convicted killer facing death in the execution chamber reminds us that there can be more life in dying than we could ever imagine.

I invite you to pray the last words of Vaughn Ross:

“I don’t fear death.”

Amen.

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